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Heart disease is the number one killer of women. In fact, heart disease causes more deaths in women than the next seven causes combined. In addition, many women do not know that heart disease symptoms can be different for men and women, and many women ignore their symptoms or delay seeking treatment. Two-thirds of women die from heart attacks, having never experienced any symptoms, pointing to the urgent need for both better education and early screening. Fortunately, the heart specialists on the medical staff of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano are dedicated to improving women's heart health through screenings and evaluations.

Women's Heart Attack Symptoms

If you, or someone you know, are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack,
call 9-1-1 immediately.​

Knowing the symptoms of a heart attack can save your life. During a heart attack​, women may experience chest pain similar to men. This pain occurs when not enough oxygen reaches the heart muscle because of narrowed or blocked arteries. But women's other symptoms may be different. These might include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • ​Indigestion
  • Back pain
  • Jaw pain or neck pain (like a toothache)
  • Pain in one or both shoulders, arm
  • Dizziness/ Lightheadedness
  • Sudden unusual fatigue
  • Numbness in the left shoulder and arm
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat

Many women dismiss their symptoms, attributing them to stress, which means treatment is often delayed. Listen to what your instincts tell you and call 9-1-1 immediately if you experience symptoms and think you're having a heart attack.

We Are Women's Heart Care Specialists

At The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, you can feel confident you are seeing specialists on the medical staff who understand heart disease in women, not only when you are experiencing a heart attack but when you may be diagnosed with heart disease. The specialists on the medical staff take a multidisciplinary comprehensive approach to women's heart health and look at family history and medical history as well as lifestyle habits when evaluating heart health concerns.

The cardiac specialists on the medical staff of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano are also committed to staying on top of the latest developments in women's cardiology by participating in clinical research focused on women and heart disease. We consider research a vital aspect of gaining a better understanding of heart disease and its effects on women.

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